Blows dust off keyboard.........Writing about my Atlanta Hawks making
the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in history is not easy for me.
When I blogged about this team on a somewhat consistent basis, they were never
in danger of winning a championship, and that made it easy. Though I gleefully
wrote about the wins, I knew that at the end of the season, they wouldn't
really mean anything. Hawks bloggers of yesteryear are in unfamiliar
territory. We expect them to win the East.
There was a time when I would have been happy just to have an ECF
appearance. It's literally all I wanted. I was never greedy enough to hope for
a championship. I just wanted them to get out of the second round, if only to
give the illusion that they were good enough to win it all. Now that they've
made it to the ECF, I'm feeling greedy. I desperately want them to win this
series against the Cavs, and unlike years past, I will be extremely
disappointed if they don't. The Hawks were the best team in the conference, and
it literally wasn't even close. They've basically been dribbling out the clock
since February, so it's not unreasonable to expect them to be the last team
standing in the East. They don't look great heading into this series, but style
points don't count in the NBA, so.... *shrugs*.
Being a Hawks fans has always been a glass half-empty sort of deal, and at
its core, this blog is rooted in skepticism and snark. But, not this time. I'm
not going to bitch and moan about all the things I think Coach Bud could do
better. He's the reigning Coach of the Year, so for argument's sake, we'll
assume he knows a little bit more about how to win NBA games than I.
I'm not even going to mention all the things that almost did us in during
the Washington series. Nope. Now is not the time for any of that. I'm going to
go glass half-full, and assume they'll make all the necessary adjustments to
prove that this whole season wasn't a fluke. The Hawks
were better than the Cavaliers all season, and I damn sure expect that to
still be true when this series is over.
Hawks in 6.
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